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This video demonstrates how to create watermarks and how to apply them to your images using Exposure’s Export and Quick Export capabilities.

Photo: Frank Salas


Watermarking your images is an effective way to brand your work, especially when you’re uploading it to websites and social media. Exposure provides you with flexible watermarking options when exporting your images, so let’s see how they work.

Exposure’s watermarking dialog is available in the main menu, under Edit > Watermarks.

In the Edit Watermarks dialogue, select Exposure’s watermark preset, which is included with Exposure. It uses your image’s copyright info from the image metadata. Any custom watermark presets that you have saved are also available here.

To demonstrate the functionality of Exposure’s watermark tools, I’ll create and then save a new custom watermark. First, I select Add Watermark Item to create my own watermark.

To the left, there’s a drop down with three options. Let’s work with all three. First I’ll choose text.

I’ll replace the placeholder text with the name of the photographer of this image.

Exposure enables you to adjust the font, style, color, and other text attributes.

And Exposure enables you to size your watermark in a variety of ways. I’ll leave mine set to Proportional, which is proportional to the size of the image.

I like a medium opacity setting as a personal preference, so the watermark doesn’t stand out too strongly.

Finally, I’ll use the Move/Rotate tool to place the watermark in the image. It’s easy to anchor it to any corner or side, or to change the orientation.

When I am happy with how my new watermark looks, I can save it as my own custom preset, over here in the Edit Preset dialog.

I’ll give it a name.

Assigning my watermark preset to a category is helpful if you plan on creating multiple export presets for different uses. Such as presets for social media posts, presets for your own online portfolio, and so on.

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Exposure enables you to save multiple watermark presets, so you can create presets that work for a variety of different kinds of images.

To make changes to a watermark preset, first select it from the watermark menu, make your changes and then click the Save Changes option. You can also rename a preset by clicking Rename.

Now I’ll demonstrate creating an image watermark. First I’ll click the trashcan to remove my current text watermark. And click Add Watermark Item to create a new one. This time I’ll choose Image from the dropdown.

Now I’ll import one. As before I’ll resize the watermark, then adjust the opacity. Finally, I’ll use the Move/Rotate tool to place it within my image.

Now I’ll demonstrate creating a watermark with text from my metadata information. In order to make use of this, I will have to have entered information in the metadata fields.

The Metadata panel is where I can enter that information. It’s also possible to enter metadata info when first copying your images from your card to your computer.

We cover that in our Copy from Card video. You can find it in the tutorials area on our website.

Exposure shows me the metadata fields that are usable in watermarks. The Copyright field is selected, so it appears in the watermark.

Exposure even ships with a Metadata: Copyright preset, which you can select here and from the Watermark option in the Export dialog.

To select multiple metadata fields, or mix text and images into my watermark, add another watermark item and adjust as you want.

I like the look of this watermark, so I’ll save it.

Now that I’ve created and saved my watermark preset, I can access it from the Metadata section in the Export to Folder dialog the next time I export an image.

Watermarks are also available in Exposure’s Quick Export feature.

As you can see, Exposure’s watermarking tools give you flexible options for branding your exported images.